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Forum: Face plant 05-25-2012, 03:15 PM
Replies: 319
Views: 75,545
Posted By haithabu
I think public safety is served much more by the...

I think public safety is served much more by the stealth approach, because anyone who speeds at any time must take into account the risk of being ticketed. The "scarecrow" approach will only work...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2012, 04:53 PM
Replies: 258
Views: 26,824
Posted By haithabu
Here was my dilemma: Girl wants a ride. ...

Here was my dilemma:

Girl wants a ride.
There's only one helmet.
Chivalry requires me to give her the helmet (even though it is too big).

I rode bareheaded. The choice of not taking her for...
Forum: Face plant 05-21-2012, 02:34 PM
Replies: 319
Views: 75,545
Posted By haithabu
While it is true that something can always be...

While it is true that something can always be learned from any motorcycle accident, here are a few things which are also true:

1) The only way to be absolutely safe on a motorcycle is to not start...
Forum: Face plant 03-15-2012, 10:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,537
Posted By haithabu
Your injuries remind me of my own a few years...

Your injuries remind me of my own a few years ago. It's hard to sleep for more than a few hours in a recliner, unless you have a better one than I do. I wish you the best in your recovery!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-15-2012, 04:30 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 38,558
Posted By haithabu
I have a pair which I wear if it's not too hot. ...

I have a pair which I wear if it's not too hot. I usually wear knee armour on top. The kevlar jeans I wear mostly for hip and butt protection.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-15-2012, 04:22 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 12,379
Posted By haithabu
Our prayer for my wife and I has been for each of...

Our prayer for my wife and I has been for each of us to end well:

"Please, Lord, no dementia, no Alzheimer's, no personality change. Give us a clear mind and fruits of the Spirit to the end." ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-10-2012, 02:15 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 10,061
Posted By haithabu
I agree. My current road bike has a high CoG and...

I agree. My current road bike has a high CoG and it's very easy to tip into a corner. Makes city riding more fun.


I don't disagree with what Coach is saying above, but I think CoG has a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-10-2012, 02:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,656
Posted By haithabu
The person doing the passing has to watch for: ...

The person doing the passing has to watch for:

1) A vehicle in the left lane pulling out in front of him to do the same thing he's doing
2) The left lane starting to move again while he is in mid...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-10-2012, 11:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,656
Posted By haithabu
It's a through lane which turns into a parking...

It's a through lane which turns into a parking lane halfway down the block. The rider was entirely in the right to bypass the the left turners, other vehicles do it all the time. I agree that speed...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-09-2012, 10:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,656
Posted By haithabu
Doesn't qualify for Face Plant, but still worthy of note.

A motorcyclist sadly died in Calgary Sunday when a pickup turned left in front of him.

This has to be a historical first for anyone to be riding here at this time of year.

...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-25-2011, 05:46 PM
Replies: 340
Views: 22,141
Posted By haithabu
A proficient rider with ABS who simply rides a...

A proficient rider with ABS who simply rides a bit slower picks up an additional 40 feet over the 60..
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-06-2011, 04:08 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,306
Posted By haithabu
Not to minimize her injuries, but as described...

Not to minimize her injuries, but as described there's nothing to prevent her from loving, laughing and joking with her family as well as moving around, caring for herself and earning a living for...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-06-2011, 03:17 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 17,757
Posted By haithabu
To say that an accident isn't the rider's fault...

To say that an accident isn't the rider's fault is to say that it wasn't preventable, which means that there isn't anything to learn from it. But I think that there is always something to learn.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-06-2011, 03:04 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,306
Posted By haithabu
I second the motion.

I second the motion.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-09-2011, 03:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,704
Posted By haithabu
Part of the problem is that when you accelerate...

Part of the problem is that when you accelerate while standing the backward shift of your body weight can open the throttle even more, creating a self-amplifying effect. The opposite happens when...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-15-2011, 08:42 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,803
Posted By haithabu
When I am doing a tight, relatively low speed...

When I am doing a tight, relatively low speed turn such as around a corner I do lean the bike under me while remaining upright. I find it makes for better maneuverability and easier recovery. At...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-14-2011, 10:24 AM
Replies: 436
Views: 66,030
Posted By haithabu
While reading Face plant.......

Myth = a comforting story to avoid facing the truth.

The problem is, we read Face plant mainly to reassure ourselves that it wouldn't happen to us.

Not that the practices listed don't...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-14-2011, 08:34 AM
Replies: 436
Views: 66,030
Posted By haithabu
Or.......people who have ABS have fewer accidents...

Or.......people who have ABS have fewer accidents only because they ride more carefully, being cautious types.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-14-2011, 08:28 AM
Replies: 436
Views: 66,030
Posted By haithabu
fixed.

fixed.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-14-2011, 08:26 AM
Replies: 436
Views: 66,030
Posted By haithabu
The first statement is the myth. The supporting...

The first statement is the myth. The supporting reasons are just rationalizations. We don't really know how we would react in any given situation unless we live through it ourselves.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-14-2011, 08:04 AM
Replies: 436
Views: 66,030
Posted By haithabu
While reading Face plant.......

That accident would never have happened to me.


I would have (choose one)

a) not panicked
b) anticipated the left turner
c) spotted the gravel
d) seen the deer sooner
e) left an escape...
Forum: Face plant 07-12-2011, 10:52 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,712
Posted By haithabu
My Varadero seems to self-correct in a cross...

My Varadero seems to self-correct in a cross wind, even a strong one as I found while going through a quite violent thunderstorm in Wisconsin last summer. A strong gust will move me over 2 or 3 feet...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-12-2011, 10:20 AM
Replies: 436
Views: 66,030
Posted By haithabu
I don't wear a seat belt either for that very...

I don't wear a seat belt either for that very same reason.........when I'm riding.
Forum: Beasts 06-20-2011, 10:54 AM
Replies: 1,740
Views: 430,866
Posted By haithabu
I'd like to try the new TAs but the Continental...

I'd like to try the new TAs but the Continental website doesn't refer to Mark II vs. Mark I. is there a different part # or identifier for the Mark IIs? I don't want to get stuck with old stock.
Forum: Face plant 06-20-2011, 10:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,836
Posted By haithabu
You're applying your experience with automobile...

You're applying your experience with automobile ABS to motorcycles. No comparison, no even close.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-27-2011, 10:19 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,305
Posted By haithabu
What the rider did right-

Rider's advocate here......

I've read a number of comments to the effect that the rider didn't leave enough of a cushion in front. I just don't see that in the video. He had more of a cushion...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-25-2011, 12:41 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,636
Posted By haithabu
I prefer secondary highways as long as it is away...

I prefer secondary highways as long as it is away from urban areas. When I went from Alberta to Ontario last summer I took secondary roads all the way except for Wisconsin, where I hit the slab to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-08-2011, 04:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,552
Posted By haithabu
Hence my question about the airbag contributing...

Hence my question about the airbag contributing to the rider's injury. The airbag likely deployed after the first bounce into the ditch. Might the rider have fallen off to the right because the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-07-2011, 01:21 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,552
Posted By haithabu
No, it doesn't count if you don't use it. I...

No, it doesn't count if you don't use it.

I wonder though if the airbag contributed to his encounter with the guard rail.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-03-2011, 10:27 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,819
Posted By haithabu
I would add just one thing. When I'm riding with...

I would add just one thing. When I'm riding with studs on pavement the bike gets squirrely as I brake near threshold, so I haven't yet dared to try the ABS with them yet. I put it down to the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-03-2011, 10:14 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,819
Posted By haithabu
I have a 2008 Varadero with linked ABS brakes. ...

I have a 2008 Varadero with linked ABS brakes. Ie, the brakes are linked, but not the ABS, which applies on each wheel separately. The linking works as follows: each wheel has 3 calipers. When...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-28-2011, 09:45 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,488
Posted By haithabu
I don't run with the high beam on habitually...

I don't run with the high beam on habitually during the day but I sometimes put it on for a few seconds when I'm approaching a situation where I think I might not be seen. For instance, while...
Forum: Face plant 02-24-2011, 02:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,632
Posted By haithabu
The scenario sounds a lot like the one that...

The scenario sounds a lot like the one that happened to me a couple of years ago, except mine stopped across the lane and I missed the windows (I aimed too low).

Please relay to him my...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-24-2011, 02:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,140
Posted By haithabu
If you recognize the screen shot you're almost...

If you recognize the screen shot you're almost too old to ride.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-23-2011, 04:16 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,140
Posted By haithabu
Speaking of cones.....if you practice the cone of...

Speaking of cones.....if you practice the cone of commitment and still have a mishap you'll have to put on the cone of shame, or else just employ the cone of silence and pretend it never happened.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-23-2011, 04:07 PM
Replies: 2,753
Views: 276,525
Posted By haithabu
Touched a nerve?

Touched a nerve?
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-23-2011, 02:37 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,267
Posted By haithabu
The best antidote to population growth is...

The best antidote to population growth is prosperity. Economic growth almost always seems to be followed by a declining birth rate. Those countries like China and India which have a growing middle...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-15-2011, 08:16 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,472
Posted By haithabu
I think the difference between a mandatory ABS...

I think the difference between a mandatory ABS law for motorcycles and the mandatory seatbelt law for cars is as simple as this:

New laws are hateful and oppressive.
Existing laws we take for...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-07-2011, 01:53 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,868
Posted By haithabu
I'll take both, thank you. The above...

I'll take both, thank you.


The above statement can be read two ways. One way is to imply that the two options are mutually exclusive, which is a false dichotomy. Or else that having the one...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-01-2011, 03:55 PM
Replies: 2,753
Views: 276,525
Posted By haithabu
No. It never made sense to me to spend $1 in...

No. It never made sense to me to spend $1 in order to get $0.45 back.
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